Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rowan leaves glowing in the sunlight

Translucent leaves

In a mini-arboretum and mini-geology exhibit on UWO campus.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lone tree

Solitary tree

A single tree out on a UWO lawn.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sunset over UWO

Sunset over UWO

The sun sets on the first sunny-ish day I had in London — this particular set of glowing clouds showed up when I was waiting for the bus back to my hotel.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The moon in a tree

Moon and tree

Another view of the gorgeous leaf peeping to be done in London this week — this tree shows up on the route I walked to campus, and it was easy enough to align the moon with the tree once I spotted both of them.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mathematics, University of Western Ontario

UWO Mathematics

One of the classier buildings I've visited — the Mathematics department at Western resides in Middlesex College on the central campus, a gorgeous building built in the style of the old OxBridge campuses, albeit in the 60's.

With the blazing colours all over I have realized that the “leaf peeping” that President Bartlett was making so much fun of in the episode with the failed radio adress is a real thing: it's the hobby of tracking and spotting impressive fall foliage colorations. And Ontario brings the peeping big time.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall colours and a connection

Red vines

I shot this looking for the bright red vine covered building — only when I reviewed my haul from the day did I discover the poses of the two people in the picture, and the energy they bring to the composition.

Serendipity is thy name.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Palo Alto Sunset

Sunset over Palo Alto Bus terminal

The sunset over Palo Alto glows in the clouds over the bus terminal.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Golden Gate disappears in the fog

Golden Gate Bridge disappearing into the fog

Just driven over the Golden Gate Bridge as the fog creeps down from above, slowly enveloping everything in a peasoup thickness that swallows up the city from the ocean and inward.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Coit tower

Coit Tower in its evening lighting. The red light makes the tower light up as a lantern, visible all over the city.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunset over San Francisco

Sunset lighting up the clouds over San Francisco. Photo taken from just outside Coit Tower.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wine press at Cline

Cline Wine press

Found at Cline Wineyard in Sonoma while visiting with my parents. A rustic charm that just went straight for the heart.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Look! Look! That's me!

Nike Women's Marathon Wall of Names

As the runners in Nike's Women's Marathon wait for the race to start, many of them flock to the wall of Niketown, where all the runners names are listed.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Light poi

Light juggling

Walking home from Fisherman's Wharf along the piers, we ran into a group of kids with LED poi and juggle sticks of various kinds. The unexpected and unpretentious show we got in passing was deeply and warmly welcome.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunset in Berkeley

Sunset in Berkeley

Walking down Bancroft from Telegraph to the BART station, me and my parents walk into the setting sun.

Struck by the play of colours in the sky, there really is nothing else to do but to stop, aim, and shoot.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Blue Angels diving

Blue Angels dividing

And a last photo from the Blue Angels airshow. This one is actually a short while before the photo I displayed first; after this, the flyers split up in all directions to curve back in on the city afterwards.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blue Angels in airshow

Blue Angels

Another photo from the Blue Angels airshow I watched from my rooftop. I used a much too slow shutter speed — with the kind of sunlight we were having, I should've been able to use 1/500 or 1/750; but settled on 1/250 for all my photos. As a result, many of my closeups had a LOT of motion blur. This is one of the sharpest I got.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Airplane crossing the sunset.

An airplane passes Sutro Tower

Airplane passing over Sutro Tower in the sunset. I saw this out my window, and ran up on the roof with my camera to catch the airplane's trail before it had gone too far.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sunset over the Tenderloin

Sunset over the Tenderloin and SOMA

With the sunset came a gorgeous shading of the sky out over Oakland and Milpitas, beyond the Bay. View from my rooftop.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Golden Gate by night

Golden Gate HDR

Going out to catch stars and try astrophotography, I ended up shooting a whole sequence of various exposures, tripod mounted, of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This is the reasonably natural whitebalanced HDR composite I generated.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Golden Gate, all fuzzy

Golden Gate HDR surreal

From the same source pictures as yesterday, here's the Golden Gate bridge again — but aggressively tone mapped to provoke a fuzzy picture, with strong red accents.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blue Angels curving in on San Francisco

Curving back in over the city

This weekend is Fleet Week in San Francisco — lots of ships, lots of navy lads walking through the city in full on uniform, and quite a number of shows. Saturday had a large air show, which culminated in the navy's Blue Angels showing up and off.

Once I realized I wouldn't be able to watch my movie until AFTER the show, I gave up, grabbed my camera, found my rooftop exit (I have one! I was completely unaware) and took a few photos of the show. This is one of them — postprocessed in Photoshop to adjust the tonal curve and (more importantly), adjusted the perspective errors introduced by the wide angle lens.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sara Kališnik at the Renaissance Faire

A redhead in a Renaissance Faire

At the end of the Faire, Sara had a most gorgeous hairdo done for her; and the sunlight was getting a really beautiful colour as well. What else to do, but a few close up shots to highlight the hair?

Postprocessing includes desaturating the background, to compensate for the busy environment drawing attention away from her hair.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sara Kališnik at the Renaissance Faire

Sara and her gown

At the Renaissance Faire last weekend, our guest from Slovenia regally progressed in a borrowed gown, looking splendid.

I couldn't avoid making a couple of portrait shots — both because of the gown, and because of the gorgeous colour of her hair. This is the first one.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Palo Alto sunset

Palo Alto Sunset

My new phone is a SonyEricsson CyberShot — a camera phone with aspirations to the big league.

Recently, going home from campus, this glorious sunset materialized — and the only camera with me that wasn't completely drained of batteries was … my camera phone. And this, after a little bit of postprocessing, was the result.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

HDR: A Stanford Sunset

Stanford Chapel in sunset

As the sun sets over Stanford Campus, I stand ready with my camera. Bracketed shot, HDR processed, and a colourful view of the Stanford chapel emerges.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

HDR: A SOMA rooftop

San Francisco Rooftop

The view over a rooftop from one warehouse collective to the next warehouse. -2/0/+2 bracketed, HDR merged, and aggressively tone mapped.

Monday, October 4, 2010

HDR: A study in Strega, part 2

A study in Strega HDR 2

As for the second Strega shot, more texture and less bright flaring light, and with the colour of the Strega tinting the nearby candle.

And with a red apple (or is it a tomato?) hanging in the background as a contrast element.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

HDR: A study in Strega

Some experiments with HDR: on a rooftop, at a SOMA warehouse housing collective, drinking Strega with good friends, I started shooting bracketed shots of my drink, in order to see what I could do with them.

Over the next few days, some of these results.

Study in Strega HDR 1

First out, a glass of Strega tinting and spreading the light coming through it.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Folsom Street Fair: Knotwork


I told you about the Folsom Street Fair last Thursday. But there are more pictures I want to show off.

Sometimes you see knotwork so intricate, well balanced, well tied, that you just have to stop for a moment and admire it.

Sometimes this knotwork is draped over a mostly naked man.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Folsom Street Fair: Poi

Flogging poi

I told you about the Folsom Street Fair yesterday, but I have more photos I want to show off from the event. Many of the booths were selling whips in various sizes and properties. Thus, many people took the chance to do the obvious thing when offered a huge selection of whips: poi twirling!